Negative thinking linked to dementia in later life, but you can learn to be more positive

(CNN)Are you a pessimist by nature, a “glass half empty” sort of person? That’s not good for your brain. A new study found that repetitive negative thinking in later life was linked to cognitive decline and greater deposits of two harmful proteins responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. “We propose that repetitive negative thinking may be a new […]

EU Emerges As Leading Donor For Partnership Countries In Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic & Its Economic Consequences

On March 30, the European Union announced it would provide substantial support to the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – to mitigate the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ec.europa.eu, March 30).  About a week later, additional details of the support package were released: collectively, […]

Recession And Depression

A recession is an essential part of the business cycle. Among other things it culls the weaker businesses and redistributes capital and labor for better uses. It is painful but necessary and it ends as it began, as a function of a healthy economy. Depressions are not economic events; they are the result of exogenous […]

Untangling The Disinformation Problem: Russia, China & The West

The coronavirus pandemic is poised to become the most searched topic in Google’s history. It makes sense that malign foreign and domestic actors would try to take advantage of this opportunity to create and spread disinformation about the virus to further their political objectives. With Russia’s long engagement with disinformation practices, it is easy for […]

Coronavirus derailing Moscow into the abyss

The coronavirus epidemic in Russia is raging across Russia, while its government just a month ago claimed the virus hadn’t hit the country. There’s more than 12,000 confirmed cases, which is higher than the numbers in South Korea, the lack of equipment and basic means of protection, while authorities keep struggling to conceal the actual […]

South Caucasus – The Region To Be Reshaped With Or Without Covid-19

With hundreds of millions of people now isolating themselves around the world, the novel coronavirus pandemic has become a truly global event. While its geopolitical implications should be considered secondary to matters of health and safety, those implications may, in the long term, prove just as consequential – especially when it comes to the situation […]

How Did We End Up Here?

Every day, all day long, we are bombarded with updates and analyses about COVID-19, a virus that has stopped our one and only planet from “turning.” The whole world is on lockdown and almost everything has been shut down: businesses, cultural centers, religious institutions, etc. In the early 80s, I was walking down a Paris […]

Russian creators of pulmonary plague, twin sister of COVID-19, off to save Italy

The story of Russia sending its coronavirus “fighters” to Italy keeps expanding as more interesting details surface. So, if the team of the Russian military was originally invited by pro-Russian parties, not the official authorities of the country, which is an established fact, while a significant part of the equipment that the Russians troops brought […]

Coronavirus: What’s Happening In Europe

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is spreading through Europe. Apart from the health risk, it is also forcing businesses, as well as EU institutions, to cancel travel and public events and switch to teleworking, in the hope of slowing the epidemic. DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: EU member states and the European Commission should “thoroughly analyse the experiences gained […]